A Bangkok taxi driver based out of Suvarnabhumi Airport has had his license revoked and fined 3,000 baht this afternoon after the story of him ripping off two Swiss tourist went viral on Facebook.
Crooked cabbie Pipatpol Jaikam was thrust into the social media spotlight when Facebook user Krit Karnchanabatr shared the story of how a Swiss tourist and his wife were charged 6,000 baht for a trip from Swampy to their hotel in the Sathorn area of the city.
Not wanting a confrontation the tourists handed over the fare and on the advice of hotel staff they contacted the Tourist Police on 1155 for assistance, who allegedly told them to phone the local cop shop as it wasn’t their jurisdiction.
Local police suggested he call the Department of Land Transport complaints hotline on 1584 but after waiting 30 minutes to file a complaint his wife gave up.
Not impressed with the lack of help or assistance from authorities and not willing to be fleeced for six large, it was back to Swampy to track down the highway robber and confront him.
And that’s exactly what he did with the help of hotel staff.
The group found speeding Somchai parked up at the airport and when threatened with an official report against him he gave a refund of 5,400 baht. He even issued a receipt for the 600 baht fare.
The tourists rewarded staff from W Hotel in Sathorn with 1,000 for their help.
However, speeding Somchai was not out of the woods just yet despite handing back 5,400 baht as local media had picked up the story that came to the attention of someone with a bit of clout at the Dept Of Land Transport who put his people on the case to track down the highway robber.
He was soon summoned for questioning and told officials he had quoted the tourists an off-the-meter price of 600 baht and when he was handed 6,000 baht he claims he thought it was a generous tip.
Having prior complaints on record for his scamming ways, Pipatpol was revoked of his taxi drivers license and fined 3,000 baht.
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Chemical Engineer Caught Running ‘E’ And Meth Lab In Nonthaburi
A chemical engineer who turned to producing Ecstacy pills and crystal meth at his condo in Nonthaburi was arrested this morning by officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
The Saturday morning raid on a building in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi was led by Police General Manu Makemok, Deputy Commissioner General, Royal Thai Police and Police Lieutenant General Montree Yimyaem, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
Inside the apartment, the prime suspect, 42-year-old suspect Patiwet “Heisenberg” Suwankiri was apprehended.
Drug production equipment and chemical precursors were seized along with 20,000 Ecstacy tablets and 50 grams of crystal meth.
Police General Manu said that the Narcotics Suppression Bureau got a tip that there was a group of pill producers who sold E tablets to entertainment venues in Bangkok.
A surveillance operation was set up and pinpointed Prayoon Thapinna as the dealer. He was taken in for questioning and soon after he folded like a deckchair telling cops who “Heisenberg” was.
During questioning “Heisenberg” was evasive saying he sold the drugs to tourists and that he imported the chemical precursors from online dealers.
Police dismissed both explanations as tourism in Thailand is virtually non-existent due to Covid-19 and the chemicals and tools needed to produce the E and meth have been on a banned list for many years.
He did admit to producing the drugs in his apartment saying he used the knowledge from when he studied chemical engineering
Investigators are working to find more people involved in the operation as the set-up was capable of producing around 3,000 tablets per day.
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CCSA Overturn BMA Order To Reopen Parks, Other Businesses
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has overturned the plan by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to allow five types of businesses and venues, including public parks and beauty salons, to open June 1.
Following the BMA Communicable Disease Committee meeting on Monday it was announceed that restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, public parks, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours would be lifted.
The news was welcomed by many with business owners getting to work in preperation for the sudden rreopening.
Then came the infamous flip-flop by the government when it was reported the CCSA had put the plan on hold for at least a further 14 days.
No reason was given for the sudden change.
Public Parks In Bangkok Reopening Jun 1
This order was later overturned by the CCSA and the plan has been put on hold for at least a further 14 days.
Following a meeting of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Communicable Disease Committee today, it has been announced that public parks in the capital can reopen from June 1.
The committee, chaired by Governor Aswin, also lifted restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours.
Other establishments currently shuttered are to remain closed until at least June 14, 2021.
The news comes despite the capital reporting over 1,300 Covid-cases on Monday, however, the current crop of clusters are in migrant worker camps and wet markets.
While most welcomed the news that parks will reopen allowing outdoor exercise again, dozens in the expat community continued to grumble that gyms and fitness centres will remain closed.